PHILLIPS — A 42-year-old man suffered minor injuries after he jumped out of a broken window to escape a fire that heavily damaged his home early Tuesday morning.

Scott Pinkham awoke to the smell of smoke around 5 a.m., opened his bedroom door and found himself trapped by flames spreading through his living room. He slammed the door shut and smashed a window with a lamp, then dove headfirst onto the ground outside, a six-foot drop from his one-story house at 186 Park St..

Pinkham, who cut his head and hands in the fall, ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911, which brought emergency responders from three area fire departments, according to fire Chief James Gould.

Firefighters had the blaze under control within 30 minutes of the emergency call, spraying fire-retardant foam throughout much of the living room. They remained on the scene for another three hours to extinguish flareups and keep the fire from re-igniting, Gould said.

The blaze started when a fire in a wood-burning stove ignited other items in the living room, eventually spreading to the ceiling and attic in the recent addition built at the home, he said.

Most of the addition was destroyed and the main portion of the house sustained heavy smoke and heat damage. The house is insured. Pinkham’s girlfriend, who also lives there, was at work when the fire started, Gould said.


The couple will likely be able to repair the damage to the addition that connects the original house to a garage, Gould said.

“It’s a shame because they had been renovating (the addition) for most of the summer,” he said.

Pinkham refused medical treatment for his cuts and scrapes. Gould said the exact cause of the fire spreading from the stove is still under investigation but is not considered suspicious.

About 25 emergency responders from fire departments in Strong, Salem Township and Phillips assisted.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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